Tastes Nutritious

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How do I get my child to eat more veggies?

Eating veggies

This is a question everyone asks at at one point or another. Quick search on the web immediately pops up with lots of lists of proven ways to make this happen. These ‘proven’ ways include: setting an example, arranging the vegetables into a pretty shape, making food fun, getting kids involved in cooking the food, rewarding good behavior, enforcing the ‘one bite rule’, trying it at least 15 times, offering diverse colors and many others. In a desperate attempt to get my boys to eat a potato in any shape or form, including fries, I tried all of these and they all failed. For my boys potato was just not for eating, they had fun cooking it or throwing it on the floor but not eating it.

I started to dig a little further into why these ‘proven’ ways have failed and I discovered that Continue reading


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Does meal planning lead to a healthier and happier life?

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Yes it does and if you have never planned a meal before then check out cooksmarts.com. Cooksmarts is a cool new company that I came across very recently. It was set up by Jess Dang with the mission ‘to help you live happier, simpler, smarter in the kitchen by creating content that inspires, educates, and empowers the everyday home cook.’ They make meal planning easy and have lots fantastic recipes.

I am a big believer in meal planning. I used to love the spontaneity of cooking or going out while single but with 2 little boys constantly asking: “what’s for breakfast”, “what’s for lunch”, “what snack do we have today”, “what’s for dinner” I couldn’t live without my meal plan now. In our house having a meal plan means that we go to the shop less often, the trips to the shops are quicker, we buy only the things we need and we have very little kitchen waste. In addition, it saves money and gives me more time and energy to do the things I love like researching answers to nutrition related questions and teaching Zumba. My boys love knowing what will be for dinner and they look forward to it. Every week they also get to choose their favorite meal which I then incorporate into our plan. Everyone is happy.

However the biggest reason by far why I think meal planning is important is that Continue reading


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My favourite snack – Açaí berry pot with home made granola

Acai Berry Pot

Even though I spent some time in Brazil, the first time I was introduced to açaí berry was in London. I went to dance Zumba at Maloca and there I saw people eating what looked like hot chocolate in a bowl with some granola on top. I was intrigued. I chatted to the owner and discovered that the ‘hot chocolate’ was in fact açaí berry. It was delicious. I used to put in my order before my workout and my açaí was waiting for me when I finished. I still have fond memories of that place.

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A guide to those annoying little stickers on the fruit and veg

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Finding conventionally grown produce in organic sections has happened to me so many times. I am usually in a hurry, I run into the shop, head straight for the organic section and pick up the first nice looking tomato that I see. Then I quickly glance at the PLU code and I find that the tomato is actually not organic. Smaller shops I find to be the worst culprits. It also pays to be careful in Whole Foods as their fruit and veg can be both organic and conventionally grown. Our local Whole Foods is pretty good at labelling these where possible but sometimes the labels get mixed up or moved slightly and it is difficult to work out what is organic.

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Does the Mediterranean diet lead to a better health?

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Nutritional studies show it does.

The Mediterranean diet has been around for a while. It was first advocated by Ancel Keys who became interested in data which showed that American business executives who were thought to be the best fed in the world had higher rates of heart disease than people living in post war Europe where the food supplies were limited. In 1950s / 60s he conducted his Seven Countries Study which for the first time objectively showed that the Mediterranean diet is healthier than other diets. He concluded that saturated fats found in milk and meat have adverse effects on the health while unsaturated fats found in e.g. olive oil had beneficial effects on health. However it was not until Continue reading


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Soylent – is it the new food of the future?

Soylent

Chances are you have never heard of Soylent. Soylent is the most recent development in the area of food substitutes. I love food – I love the way it looks and I love the way it tastes and I would quite happily spend time cooking it. While I remain to be convinced to substitute the food that I love for Soylent, I think it does have a certain appeal especially to those that are on a budget, are time constrained or eat to survive not to enjoy the experience.

So what is Soylent?

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Perfect Breakfast Recipe – Toast with Black Olive Tapenade, Avocado and Poached Egg

Toast with tapenade avocado and egg

I love toast in the morning. It is simple and takes minutes to prepare. The problem was that it did not keep me full for long when I ate it on its own. So I experimented with various combinations adding proteins and fats to keep me from reaching for the mid morning snack. I settled on the combination of toast with black olive tapenade, avocado and poached egg. This combination is delicious and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. The great thing about this recipe is that it is very rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) found in avocado, black olives and extra virgin olive oil. MUFAs are good fats. They can improve blood cholesterol levels and some research also points to MUFAs having sugar stabilising effects which can be helpful for those with Type 2 diabetes. Continue reading


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Habit Changer® Feeding Your Kids App for iPhone

There has been an explosion in various diet / nutrition apps that are available to download on iPhone or android. These apps have had such an impact that Weight Watchers company reported a 19% drop in profit citing “losing customers to free apps and other electronic slimming aids” as the main reason for the decline. Here I review one of these apps.

Habit Changer® Feeding Your Kids for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

What is it all about? 

Feeding your kids app is an iPhone app aimed at parents who are interested in teaching their children to eat healthy and varied diet and to set early heathy eating habits. It has been created in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and is free to all parents.

It is a 42 day programme and each day presents a new challenge. These challenges range from Continue reading


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Is it now OK to eat more salt?

Salt Updated

Looking at the latest scientific evidence it seems that there is no benefit in eating less salt. In the US an average adult consumes 3,400mg of sodium per day. The USDA guideline encourages people to reduce this amount to less than 2,300mg of sodium per day and to 1,500mg of sodium per day for specific subgroups like individuals with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or individuals of 51 years or older. Continue reading